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    I have a question about how long a new queen takes to start laying.

    My colony swarmed sometime recently, and I first noticed about a week ago. The queen was in the hive along with plenty of adult workers, but there was no brood or eggs (loads of already-opened swarm cells though, and it had been about a month (?) or more since I last checked them before that so no surprise)

    I checked them again 8 days later , more carefully this time. We saw the queen sitting there (no drone guts hanging out of her, which I assume goes on for a bit after mating?) but still no eggs. I actually brushed bees off some of the brood comb and looked really carefully but didn't find any.

    How long is the break in egglaying supposed to last after swarming?


    Mark

    [size="1"][ May 01, 2006, 04:54 PM: Message edited by: girl Mark ][/size]
    urban top bar hives in Oakland and Berkeley, CA...

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    >How long is the break in egglaying supposed to last after swarming?

    Usually they swarm around the day the queen cell was capped. It won't emerge for another 8 days and then it won't be mated and laying for another 14 days. So I'd expect a laying queen in 22 days from when it swarmed, if the weather is good.
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    aah, that clears it up, thanks.

    Mark
    urban top bar hives in Oakland and Berkeley, CA...

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